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Running clothes: Find the best running outfit if you're a beginner

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runner wearing the best running outfit for a beginner

If you're a new runner or training for your first 5K, you may be wondering, “What should I wear when running?” As with any aerobic activity, running becomes more comfortable when you wear clothing that keeps you properly ventilated. The good news is you really don't need a lot of fancy running gear or expensive clothing to be a successful runner.

Things you need when running!

If you want your runs to be as comfortable and safe as possible, here are essential items to consider.

Athletes competing in a running marathon

• Running Shoes

Wearing the wrong type of shoe is actually one of the most common causes of running injuries. Unfortunately, a lot of people underestimate a good pair of running shoes and would even purchase one based on the price or look. However, there’s more to the price or appearance of running shoes. Make sure to leave half a centimeter of space between the big toe and the end of the shoe.

Runner fixing the laces of his running shoes

• Running Socks

It is essential you invest in high-quality running socks as they can provide you with an additional grip that will help stabilize your feet inside the shoes.

running socks


• Running Gloves

Running gloves can keep your hands warm, especially when you run during the cold season. You would be surprised how cold your hands can get when the temperature is in the high 40s. Gloves can also be helpful to prevent wounds should you fall while you are running.

Our Touchscreen Running Gloves are available in various sizes, and aside from being touchscreen compatible, they are made from a breathable and quick-drying material to keep your hands warm and dry.

Running gloves to keep warm when working out in the winter

• Reflective Gear

If you are running on the road with cars passing by, it is important to wear reflective gear. Reflective clothing can be seen from 500 feet away at night. Thus, reflective clothing will ensure more safety on the road. 

Our Touchscreen Reflective Gloves will add more reflective accents to your outfit while they keep your hands warm. These gloves are also touchscreen compatible, which will let you handle your devices easily while you are out on a run.

Runner running at night wearing GearTOP Reflective Running Gloves

Another reflective accent you can wear is a reflective running beanie. Aside from that reflective accent, it will retain body heat to keep you warm during those cold nights. They also keep your head protected from getting a sunburn when you are out running during the day. The material is lightweight and breathable and will help wick moisture away.

• Sweat Bands

One of the biggest benefits of wearing sweatbands when you are running is they can prevent sweat from dripping into your eyes. They can also keep your hair from your face and keep you cool by wicking away moisture.

Girl wearing GearTOP headband sweatband

Opt for a headband that can absorb sweat. Ideally, it should be made from a silky, soft, elastic material that is comfortable to wear and will stay in place. This is a comfortable solution to control sweat and will fit snugly.

• Running Beanies

The blood vessels on the surface of the head constrict very little in response to cold. A cold head can trigger blood vessel constriction in the other parts of the body, which is why you get cold hands and feet despite mittens, warm socks, and shoes.

Runner wearing GearTOP Running Beanies
Beanies can keep your hair away from your face, which will provide you with a more comfortable running experience. 

A running beanie retains body heat and wicks away moisture. It is made from super Roubaix fabric, which is a breathable material that will make you stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Man and woman wearing GearTOP Running Beanies

• Running Clothes

For warm days, your running clothes should help wick away moisture, keep you cool, and protect you from the sun’s rays. Shorts, a shirt, socks, headwear, and either a sweatband or skull cap, might be all you need on a warm day. 

When looking for running clothes, choose comfortable ones. Also, make sure that they come with UPF50+ protection to protect your skin from harmful rays of the sun.

• Running Belt

A running belt works like an armband, but it is strapped around your waist. Its main purpose is to hold your valuables while you are out for a run. It can carry water bottles, hold your phone, and keys while you are running.

• Sun Protection

Do not forget to wear your sunscreen when you are out running during the day. Your sunscreen will keep you protected from harmful UV rays.

• Sunglasses

Sunglasses can prevent debris and other elements from getting into your eyes.

Runner wearing sunglasses

• Water

One of the things you should never forget when you are out running is a bottle of water. If you are running for long hours during the day, it is essential to have enough water supply. You can also get yourself a hydration waist pack to hold all of your water supplies, or a backpack with access to a water bladder.

Bottled Water

What Not To Wear During A Run

Now that you know what to look for when it comes to the basic essentials for running, you should also be advised of features to avoid.

100% Cotton

Cotton clothes may seem like a good idea to wear for running because they stink less. However, the downside to this is that it absorbs every ounce of sweat.

When your clothing is moist for long periods, there is a higher chance of bacterial growth. Choose sweat-wicking fabrics that are made specifically for running.

• Sweatpants

If it is cold outside and you wear a pair of sweats, you are going to get wet and stay wet, which will eventually lead to you feeling cold throughout the run. This is not only uncomfortable but it is dangerous as well, as it can lead you to feel sick.

Runner wearing sweatpants

Heavy Layers

Overly thick layers will make you overheat, sweat too much, and you will feel cold when you take everything off. It is best to dress in thin, wicking layers to ensure you do not sweat excessively.

New Gear On Race Day

Wearing new gear on race day may set you up for discomfort, which is something you do not want to happen on race day. So, if you have new gear, wear it several times first and see if it gives you the comfort you need.


Running is a pretty low-maintenance sport and there are plenty of money-saving tips for runners. It’s essential to wear the right gear that will make you feel comfortable and ensure you get the best out of your running routine.

Our gloves, beanies, and headbands are excellent choices to add to your running gear. Here at GearTOP if you enjoy the outdoors as much as we do, then you're in for a treat. 

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